The popularity of “greens powders” has exploded over the past few years with companies touting all kinds of health benefits and as an easy way to get your veggie servings in. But is this true? Are there benefits to taking these powders, and are they just like eating vegetables?
As a dietitian/nutritionist the majority of my focus is on how food impacts our bodies and our health. But it is so important to also recognize the global impact of our food choices. We need to not just include our health in the decision, but also the biodiversity of the
When we hear about supplements like creatine or branch chain amino acids, most of us automatically think of athletes, or body builders, or something similar, but these supplements have many benefits beyond athletic performance.
Advertisements for sports supplements are everywhere! They usually include a sweaty, muscled, barely dressed model drinking something called Ripped Force, Jacked, Ultimate Shred or some other ridiculous name. The sports nutrition industry is a $40 billion plus industry. There is a lot of money behind that marketing. But do these
If you read this previous blog about types of salt (sodium chloride), you might recall that I mentioned salt is an essential nutrient. The body uses salt to maintain fluid levels and support muscle and nerve function. Sodium is critical for heart, liver and kidney function. Chloride, the other part
Should you be using table salt, sea salt or kosher salt to season your food? Which is better? There are all kinds of options for salt these days, but are they really that different?
Learning how to cook simple recipes is a necessary life skill. It becomes very difficult in our current world to eat in a health sustaining way if you are relying on eating out or on highly processed, pre-prepared foods. Cooking real food doesn’t have to be complicated. Also, cooking isn’t
One thing I hear from the majority of my patients is the need for quick and easy dinner ideas. Weeknights are busy, I hear you! To get healthy, real, whole food based meals on the table quick, some planning ahead is key. There is no way you can get a
Salad kits have become very popular over the last few years, and for good reason. Most of us are trying to eat healthier and they make it easier. Right? Not so fast. Not all salad kits are created equal. In fact, some of them can be loaded with added sugars,
Fiber is one of those things we all know we need to get more of. We may not be sure why, but we hear it everywhere. Are you constipated? Eat more fiber (and drink more water). Do you have diarrhea? Eat more fiber. But fiber does way more for us
When we first started working from home, the luxury of more time back into our day from not sitting in traffic was amazing. It allowed us the option of heading to the kitchen on our lunch break to prepare something, or maybe get dinner started while finishing up a meeting.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats, meaning that we must get them from our diet because our body cannot make them. There are 3 main types of omega-3 fatty acids: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).
Heartburn is the most common gastrointestinal symptom affecting more than ⅔ of the US population, but we’ve all likely had heartburn at some point. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s), drugs typically prescribed for heartburn symptoms (they reduce the acid production in your stomach), are among the top 10 most prescribed medications.
Protein powders can be an easy, convenient way to add in more protein. However, if you have ever gone to the store or looked online for a protein powder, then you know there are a lot of options out there! It can be really confusing trying to figure out which
As a species, our bodies are hard wired to love sweet! This came in handy back when we were roaming the earth trying to stay alive and figuring out what we could eat. Sweet usually meant safe, but unless you came upon a beehive full of honey or found some
If you have ever had a consult with one of us, or maybe joined one of our seminars or other events, you have most likely heard us talk about the importance of eating more non-starchy vegetables. What exactly does that mean? And which vegetables are starchy? It all comes down
Depression and anxiety are the two most common mental health issues in the U.S. Over the past decade or so, more and more research is linking these common issues with lifestyle habits, meaning that what we eat and how much we move, sleep, play and stress out can affect our
We all know we need to eat more vegetables. Frozen vegetables can be a quick and easy way to add more vegetables to almost any meal, and these days the frozen vegetable aisle is loaded with options!
March is National Nutrition Month®, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the organization behind our RDN credentials). This year's theme, Personalize Your Plate, promotes creating nutritious meals to meet individuals' cultural and personal food preferences.
We’ve all heard that we need to eat more plant foods, but what is it about plant foods that make them so good for us? Plants foods have many benefits, but beyond their fiber, vitamin and mineral content is their amazing and powerful polyphenol content.
We are all aging, every day, and there is nothing we can do about that (at least not yet). BUT there are many things we can do that determine HOW we age and how long we live. Only a small amount of our longevity is determined by genetics (estimated to
Bone broth has been around for centuries, it’s the traditional way to make soup or stew. It just seems like a new thing since many of us don’t tend to make soups or broths from scratch anymore. It has become popular due to its supposed healing properties as well.
COVID-19 has significantly altered our lives in many ways. While we continue to focus on mitigating infection rates by staying at home, social distancing when out, frequent handwashing and wearing masks, it’s important to think about how we can increase our resilience so that if we do get sick with
Coffee and tea are the most popular drinks around the world, and of course we all love chocolate. However, special attention should be paid to these crops not only because of their environmental impact but also because of the social injustice issues that are pervasive among these industries.
We hear about how good seafood is for us all the time. We know that getting adequate omega-3 fatty acids is essential for proper brain development, heart health, eye health, mood and many other things. But we also hear about concerns of overfishing and fish being high in mercury or
Ghee is a type of clarified butter that’s been used for thousands of years in Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine. Clarified butter simply means that the water and milk proteins have been removed from the butter, by cooking.
We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for us. This is a message we have heard since we were kids. The USDA recommends eating 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. However, nutrition experts and research suggest that more is better, typically agreeing that at least 8-10 servings
Hair loss in women is, unfortunately, fairly common. Studies tell us that 30-50% of women under the age of 50 will be affected. Of course, some hair loss is normal. We typically shed around 100 strands of hair daily due to normal turnover. Hair loss beyond that can happen either
Sheet pan meals have been gaining in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason. I’m a big fan of having fewer dishes to clean up at the end of a meal. I also like easy recipes that require minimal steps. My favorite sheet pan recipes typically include
In the previous blog, The Endocannabinoid System, I reviewed how the endocannabinoid system (ECS) works, what it affects and a few ways to optimize how it functions. The use of exogenous cannabinoids like CBD is one way to change how your ECS is working, and it’s a hot topic right